2013 Volunteer Events Come Full-Circle

By Taylor on November 29, 2013 in Blog


Volunteers and staff at the last INHF volunteer event of the year

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation kicked of its volunteer program in April with graduate students from the Natural Resource Ecology and Management School at Iowa State University.

During the first official volunteer event, student volunteers and INHF staff removed brush from a prairie on an INHF-owned property near Boone County.

In mid-November, INHF hosted its last volunteer day for 2013. It was a brush removal, and the participants were NREM students.

“I love it when things come 'full circle.' Our program's first ever volunteer event was with the NREM graduate students from ISU, and our last one of the year was also with them,” said Mary Runkel, INHF volunteer coordinator.

The eight students and two staff members removed brush from a prairie on the same INHF-owned property as the April 20, 2013, event. Three of the volunteers were at both the spring and fall event. The group concentrated on removing cedars and looked at unique 13-foot wide oak trees found on the property during the day.

Take a look at the progress made at the first and last INHF volunteer events of 2013:


April volunteer day


April volunteer day


April volunteer day


November volunteer day


November volunteer day